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Re: Military Retirees & Secrecy

From: John Rimmer <magonia@magonia.demon.co.uk>
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 11:12:44 +0000
Fwd Date: Sat, 16 Jan 1999 11:34:40 -0500
Subject: Re: Military Retirees & Secrecy

>Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 17:55:11 -0800
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>From: Angela Shilling <ashill@visitations.com>
>Subject: Re: Military Retirees & Secrecy

>>From: Roger Evans <moviestuff@cyberjunkie.com>
>>Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 17:50:20 +0000
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
>>Subject: Military Retirees & Secrecy

>>It does seem that after 30 years, someone might feel
>>they could let their guard down. But then again, without proof
>>what are they going to say?

>Exactly!  These people still have to live and work in a society
>that shuns the UFO topic.

With the massive degree of media promotion, books, magazines, TV
programmes ("factual" and fictional), a huge amount of
web-space, newspapers features, videos, etc., etc., etc. devoted
to a largely uncritical view of ufology, how can you claim that
this is "a society that shuns the UFO topic"? This is a society
that laps it up. Many postings on this List are of newspaper and
magazine articles reporting surveys that purport to show that a
very high percentage of the general population believes that
"UFOs are real".

The fact is that people claiming some special insight or direct
experience of an extraterrestrial UFO phenomenon are not shunned
- often they are give very large advances on book contracts.
It's the wicked old sceptics who are shunned. Who gets more
money for a book, Klass or Strieber? Even the more rational
ufologists get a raw deal - I suspect Tim Good's bank balance is
a lot healthier than Jerome Clark's! But then Jerry doesn't
spread a "gee-whiz, I'll believe anything" line so he's a lot
less marketable in this allegedly UFO-shunning society. If only!

John Rimmer
Magonia Magazine, a division of the P.L.A. Driftwood International Cartel

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